Sunday, October 3, 2010

Digging for Data - Global Statistics

Aside from being a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, the World Bank provides users, via data.worldbank.org, with access to statistics and data about development in countries around the globe.

For example, did you know...
  • The United States ranks #11 on the list of Internet users per 100 people, just above South Korea
  • Monaco has the most passenger cars per 1000 people (the U.S. is #20 on the list)
  • In 2009, Liberia topped the list with the highest percentage of firms that are expected to make informal payments to public officials to "get things done"
  • Countries such as Luxembourg and Kuwait emit more C02 emissions (metric tons per capita) than the United States
The data catalog also includes a number of datasets on specific topics, etc.

Other sources of statistics can be found on the library's recommended websites page.

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